Orlando >Food & Dining > Bauern-Stube Authentic German Restaurant
8015 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL | Directions 3280928.453194 -81.363861
Mon. - Sat. 11am - 2pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Pine Castle
I really enjoyed my experience here. I found it to be a little expensive but the food & service were excellent. I will definitely go back. I've heard a lot of people talking about going here on the weekend nights when they have live entertainment. The owners introduced themselves to us at dinner which was a nice personal touch. It showed their concern for the customer experience. I'm looking forward to going back.
Gordon Ramsey - Help! – Looking for an authentic German Restaurant, this isn't it! We walked into this cramped tchotchkes filled restaurant with accordian playing gentleman & we were chamed immediately. We were promptly seated by our waitress. She told us she was bringing us their special pretzel rolls (but failed to say she was charging us for it). As we looked around the room trying to take in the feast for the eyes, we noticed the neon orange signs on each table."15% gratuity included on all bills", odd & tacky.These signs were also on the walls throughout the restaurant. This should have been a big sign for us to get out & run
Our pretzel rolls came, the ones you can buy from any restaurant supplier. You slightly wet the frozen roll, sprinkle the supplied pretzel salt & heat. The proper way to heat would be to place them in the oven at 250 & let them bake. The lazy, fast way is to microwave. If you ever have over microwaved bread, you know how rubbery & then hard that bread will get! Later when we mentioned to the waitress that the bread was microwaved too long & showed her what happened, she retorted rudely 'that's why I told you to eat it fast - that's what will happen!
We ordered potato pancakes with applesauce for an appetizer. These were promptly delivered. The applesauce was oddly served in a red ketchup bottle dispenser with the top clipped so it can be squeezed out. The potato pancakes were not freshly prepared. They came out too fast for them to be fried to order. The centers were very hot & the outside edges were hard & barely chewable. If you held it up, it waved like a rubber disc. Before we could share our concern, our waitress was already coming to the table with our entrees! There is no way those dishes were freshly made. We only had a bite of our rapidly delivered potato pancakes.
We explained that we weren't satisfied with the pancakes because they weren't fresh & had been microwaved. From that moment on we had the most horrific dining experience. She took our plate & stormed off. Immediately the owner Barbara was by our table, not apologetic that we didn't enjoy the pancakes, but to yell at us! We were trying to eat our entrees, but she wouldn't leave us alone! She came back with little books telling us these were all complimentary notes. We asked her if she could please just allow us to try and eat our meal. Finally after more yelling she walked away & we took a few bites of our entrees. Sorry that we did. In an "authentic" German Restaurant, weiner schnitzel is made with veal. I have seen German restaurants have "pork" schnitzel, & put it on the menu this way. Here it was a thinly pound pork cutlet that became dry. Based on the speed it was served it would be impossible to bread, sautee & plate 2 entrees. It was served with red cabbage that was steaming (from the microwave) & tasteless, dry spetzle. My husband had the pork cutlet with hunter's gravy. He had the cheese spetzle & the sauerkraut. We will gladly praise the sauerkraut, the only highlight.
Our waitress came & asked us about our entree. We made the mistake of telling her we were disappointed. I started to say that it wasn't possible for entree to be freshly prepared. She stormed off & yelled for Barbara who immediately came over & loudly told us we were wrong. She was incensed that we questioned the freshness of the food & that we were not enjoying our meal. Next the "chef" came out & berated us. He told us if we didn't like his food that was on us. We should have gotten up & walked out. How foolish that we didn't.
We felt like we were in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. This is a restaurant that is living in it's past glory & is in denial as to the quality of their food. This was on a Saturday night at 7:00. There were only 6 tables that were seated, never a good sign. We are sure that at one time this was a fun and delightful way to spend an evening & enjoy a meal. That time has long passed. I bet Gordon Ramsey could have a field day in this place!
excited and dissapointed – I wish I could give no star at all. I was visiting Orlando on vacation and met a waitress that works at the Bauern-Stube restaurant and she told us all about the food and atmosphere, gave us the phone number and we made reservations for Saturday night, just over two weeks ago. She assured us a wonderful experience. We made the reservation with the promise she would be our waitress. When we arrived (whom I now know to be the owner, Barbara) told our waitress that she wasnt allowed to wait on us, no reason was given to us and the waitress worked the whole time we where there. We sould've turned around that instant and left but the girl asked us to stay and apologized for the owner's attitude. The waitress we did get was absent the whole meal and a different employee had to bring us things that we needed. Our waitress' service and attitude was poor at best. The food was all right but all the issues made our experience poor. I won't be returning to this place. I have to say the owner acted so unprofessional, yelling at staff the whole night, refusing to let us have the waitress we made reservations for, the horrible service we did get, and the just "ok" food. There was live music, people danced and the atmosphere was nice, but the other issues made our experience less than a happy one.
Terrible and desception – I went to this restaurant yesterday with a group of friends. First the menu prices doesn't match what you pay for the food, and for two of us we were overcharged by about $10, but I didn't realize it until I was later able to go through the menu and check the prices with what I paid. You do not get a receipt as this restaurant doesn't have a POS system. The bread was stale that was on the table and thankfully I didn't order the soft pretzel bread as I thought it was part of the meal, but later found out they charge extra for it. As for an appetizer I ordered a potato pancake and my partner ordered the German potato salad. My potato pancake was like a disk of rubber and had no flavor to it, and the German Potato Salad had to be blasted microwaved as it was very hot. As for the chicken snitchel with green beans and fried potatoes I ordered well the potatoes were cold the green beans tasted like they were from a can, and the chicken was rather dry and the breading was greasy. Also don't get me started on the mandatory 15% gratuity that is added on all checks. This place cannot close fast enough and for those that are giving this place 5 stars they either have to be related to the owners or they haven't had real German food.
Terrible – ust arrived home from a dinner here with my 2 teenagers. It started out well. They decor was nice and the people there were friendly. Luckily, our waitress was good and deserving, but I don't like restaurants that automatically take out a 15% tip. At the beginning of the meal, she asked if we wanted soft pretzels. I assumed like other restaurants, this was the bread that came with the meal, but I was charged. As we were eating the pretzels, the owner came out asking if we wanted to try her soup. She gave us a small sample that my daughter liked a lot and decided to order. Then they asked my son if he wanted a cucumber or tomato salad. It was very small, the size of my hand. I eat out frequently and don't mind paying high dollar for quality food. The food wasn't bad, but definitely not worth my $70 bill. Besides for the soup and our soft drinks, I only ordered a 27.50 sampler platter that we all shared. I complained to the waitress for being charged for the pretzels and salad. She brought out the owner and I only brought up the $4 salad. I missed a lot due to her strong accent, but she was extremely defensive and kept looking at my son saying "he said yes." and how she "couldn't afford to give away things and that she is running a business." Then she brought up the free sample of soup and said she gave us that (so why wouldn't I think the same for the salad). She would not stop and I felt like I was 5 years old getting scolded. I finally said I would pay it but I would not be back. Her reply was "your loss not mine". WOW! Over $4!! My teenage son was so embarrassed he was trying to pay for it. I explained to him later I could careless about $4...it's the principal of how she cons people into paying for things they didn't order. Even when our food came out, she wanted to add things to the sides of kraut and dumplings saying its not enough starches. If I want something, I will order it myself. Nothing makes me feel sick to the stomach more than paying $70 for a meal and being treated like dirt.
Awful – I am visiting from Koln and thought I would take my cousins, who are hosting me, to try "authentic" German food. The bread that was served tasted stale. My entire meal was bland, lacking the flavor I am used to with REAL German food. The 15% added gratuity seemed ridiculous as my service was not a reflection of that type of a tip. I do not know how this restaurant has been open for 25 years. Very disappointing....and expensive.
Absolutely terrible – Terrible. We actually picked this place for our Valentine's day dinner. When we got there, one of the managers was actually sitting down ON a dining table. We get to the table and the bread, literally, was as hard as a baseball. We couldn't bite through it. We got our food in around just ten minutes! We asked if it was microwaved (it tasted like it--we know what the food should taste like) and the waitress said "yes!"...she told the owner, who, instead of being polite, literally yelled at us in front of the entire restaurant and signaled her husband (who was just sitting on the table) and said, out loud "SHE'S COMPLAINING COME HERE!"....very unprofessional. She said "I'm German", as if that justifies her terrible food. Don't lie and tell me something isn't microwaved when your own waitress said it was. Not only did they ruin our Valentines, but they charged us $63 dollars, for two, no appetizers or dessert. I'd rather eat at the Hollerbach any day. This place is crap and the way they treat their customers is why this place was probably dead on one of the most busy days for a restaurant.
Just nasty :-((( – I'm German and we just moved to Orlando. We were very happy to find a German restaurant. Honestly I wish we never had ate there. It was so nasty. The food was not authentic at all.....neither the inside of the restaurant.
I totally agree with all the other negative reviews. A restaurant like this wouldn't survive in Germany at all.....this is probably the reason why they opened up in Orlando :-((((
I would have Rather eat at Mc Donalds or Taco Bell. – Worst German Food Ive ever had, I've Ate at the Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford and the German Cafe off of 17 92 near Altmonte and both places are 100 Times better then this place. The customer service needs improvement. only thing that was Good was the beer and thats only because they did not make it. I could play Floor Hockey with there potato pancakes.
Terrible Experience – My husband and I had dinner at Bauern-Stube, and were extremely disappointed with our experience. We were looking forward to an authentic German dinner, as I have grown up eating German food from my mother and grandmother. Unfortunately, the food was terrible, and the service was even worse. The server had a very bad attitude, and the food was not authentic German food. The food was greasy, and lacked flavor. In the end of our meal, we ordered a chocolate cake. The cake tasted awful, like it had been in the freezer for a year. We sent the cake back, and a woman who worked at the restaurant very rudely told us that we were wrong about the cake. She said others liked it, and it was just not to our taste. Whatever happened to the customer is always right? She could have believed that, but never tell the customer. Unbelievable! We will not be going back!
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